The total number of languages in the world is estimated at 6,000. UNESCO has listed 2,500 of these languages as facing the risk of extinction. The number of speakers of these languages is diminishing for various reasons.
In countries like India, several languages, some of which are spoken by few millions of people like Kurux and Gondi have no script. Kurux speakers, who are concentrated in the provinces of Bihar, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, use the script of the majority languages in their states, viz. Hindi, Oriya and Bengali. Kurux is not only spoken in several provinces of India but is an international language spoken in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.Similarly Gondi speakers who are concentrated in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh use the Hindi script.
One way of assisting the endangered languages to survive will be to assist in finding own script for these languages. This would enable people to create literature in their own languages. Of course, people can create literature in a language with a foreign script,(several European languages have nearly similar script) but it would be ideal to have a language with a distinct script to have a distinct identity.
The gross domestic product of India is estimated at about US$3trillion in Purchasing Power Parity terms. In conventional terms i.e. by the current rate of exchange terms, it is around US$ 1.2 billion. This indicates that Indian Rupee is undervalued to the extent of (3/1.2) times or 2.5 times. The current rate of exchange between US dollar and Rupee is Rs.50. The correct rate of exchange should be US$ 1= Rs.20 (Rupees twenty). Till recently the rate of exchange used to be around Rs.40 per US dollar. At that time the correct rate of exchange should have been Rs.16 per dollar.
A correction may be in order.
There is economic slow down in most of the countries currently i.e. early 2009. These countries try to stimulate the economy by
- Lowering interest rates
- Giving tax benefits
- Offering incentives to industries
By lowering interest rates for housing loans, vehicle loans etc. the governments try to encourage people to avail of the loans which in turn leads to construction of houses, production of vehicles etc, thus reducing unemployment. But at the same time, people who deposit their money in the banks receive lower interest and thus the disposable income with them comes down leading lower consumption expenditure- lower retail sales, low demand and low production.
Giving tax benefits would make the companies and individuals to have additional money, but the governments would lose tax revenue and thus will not be able to undertake large infrastructural work. Instead of reducing taxes, the governments can undertake infrastructural work and generate employment and additional spending.
Offering incentives would again reduce the government funds. It is likely that many of the industries would reduce the ex-factory prices of their products. They would however result in lower cash balance with the governments and lower government spending which is not good for the economy.
Cost of the production should be reduced by increasing the productivity of the employees. This could be done by requiring employees including the top managements in all the establishments in the country as well as self employed persons to work for additional one hour a day without any increase in salary.
Idleness results in loss of ability, purity
Friendship, boldness and leads to poverty
Food and sleep taken less or more
Mind and body languishing is sure
Preferential treatment for the weak and invalid
Should in decent society be made valid
As it is basis for every good deed
Affection is the real need
For future generation one should leave more
Than what he got from those no more
When you think of gain, think also of others’ loss
Then in society prevail harmony and peace
Greatest of abilities is to reform the mean
And make him on virtues keen
Good to be grateful, better is to make effort
To live without seeking others’ support
Those who for others’ sympathy always yearn
Good wealth and fame never earn
Only in them the real greatness lie
Who even if useful tell not lie
To help unknown and those unlikely to meet again
Is real help others are only for future gain
What use the position and wealth of one
If he wants these to benefit none?
As area, yield and production have a limit
Impose for families size also a limit
Even in pearls and diamonds one will miss
The pleasures of child’s mild kiss
Equal to child in pleasing not even
One on earth; may be in heaven
Leave friendship of those who for comforts long
But shun hard work, which is wrong
True charity is to part with what is dear
And useful, all others are only to clear
To return humility with more of it
Is for gentle and great persons fit
For one’s faults and failures to seek
To show others responsible is work of weak
Position of those who dealing with others think
Always in others’ position will never sink
Those who in suffering, hunger and need
Visit not friends are great indeed
Ask not those unable to give
For then both will grieve
Humble in asking and in offering haughty
Are base and loathsome even if mighty